Compare Payoff vs Illuminate Education BETA

See how Illuminate Education vs. Payoff compare on employee ratings, job openings, CEO approval, business outlook and more.

Employee Ratings

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(full-time and part-time employees only)
(based on 47 reviews)
(based on 148 reviews)
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Senior Management
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CEO Approval
Payoff Ceo Scott Saunders
61%Scott Saunders
Illuminate Education Ceo Christine Willig
44%Christine Willig
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Featured Review

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Payoff full-time for more than 3 years


I've been here for nearly three years and it's been a crazy adventure. We've hit really challenging times (as you can see from some of the reviews last year) but have bounced back like no other... company I've seen. Still a lot of work to do but you can really sense the positivity, and the opportunity is clearer than it ever has been. We've put a huge focus on capturing profitable opportunities, while still intelligently going about creating new and exciting products. Our teams (departments) feel like they've been completely rebuilt in the past 9 months, but for the better. Now we have equal strength in all parts of the company. Here's my take on each team: Our engineering team is smaller than it has been in the past few years (still one of our biggest teams though) but this squad is much more efficient and integrated amongst all teams. Prior, engineering seemed to have its own culture that seemed isolated. Now engineering is is part the "Payoff" culture which is exciting. I'm addition, they are making great things happen, fast! For the first time our marketing team members seem to have clear responsibilities, ownership and focus. There is still a lot to figure out as the products grow and expand, but a lot of extremely talented people making core decisions right now to help us plan for the future. Our compliance, legal and finance teams are one of a kind! Ive never had a company that had such a fun and engaged group of people in these departments like we do. Our design team is small but make their presence known! They have been creating a whole new vision for Payoff and our future products that the entire team can't wait to show off. It's exciting to see things come together. It's amazing how just a few of them can create some many awesome looking things. The hype is real with the new Payoff brand! Our science team has gone through major changes recently, but it's still a huge part of Payoff's DNA. One thing is for sure is that now we are finally able to apply our learnings, insights and offerings into our products for real change in people's financial behaviors! Our Loan team is in sync and rocking! They've been challenged with some crazy deadlines and expectations, but have really shown the ability to work together. It's incredible. Can't wait to launch the new things they've been working on! Our Member Experience team has been killing (as usual). They have been the most consistent team throughout all the ups and downs. They've managed to push through hard times with positivity and dedication. They've been a key part of our recent successes and will continue to be that role. Why love the happiness zone! And now for executive team... This has always been a bit of a sore subject, but we've seen massive improvements. You see so much more transparency, empathy and tacticality in what they do now. The are very present! I think there is still room to grow, but when will that ever not be the case? I'm very thankful for the work they've put in to try and make Payoff a great place to work AND successful business. Overall I hope Payoff can continue on it's path, hit its next set of goals, so we can really keep moving our mission forward! I'm so glad I stuck it out here. I'm filled with "Joy" ;)


We still need some things to fall in place for the business. We're still a startup and need to stay hungry. If we let off the gas, we're at risk. I wish the office was a little warmer and more... comforting. It feels a bit like a graveyard of the past, if I'm being honest. Not sure there's anything we can really do but the marketing team seems to sit too far from engineering and product. There still a little fear (at least inside of me) of the past struggles. I hope we don't get a surprise about the businesses stability. I'm MUCH more confident and few I have a better picture of things, but nothing is guaranteed in startup land. I hope executive team has a plan to communicate better than last time, should things not go as planned.

Advice to Management

Once we get the business moving forward, let's get an office makeover! Don't spend a bunch of money on it, but make the energy feel like the new brand. It's so exciting and fresh but the office is... not. Like I said it feels like a graveyard of the past. Get rid of all the old logos, the stale colors and the old men on the walls. We're not a bank or a doctors office. The paintings are a little ugly. Sorry Scott. Keep communicating with us. The all hands are great. The decks are great. When we ask hard questions, don't feel like you have to give us a sales pitch. We just need the honest answers. It's ok to say we're still figuring it out, just speak to the path to finding answers if that's the case. I think a great idea would be to have the entire exec team take time (a half day or something) with each department (science, engineering, design, product, MX, marketing, etc) and dive into how their teams play a part in the businesses' success. This may allow for more specific questions / clarity into why we are each doing what we're doing. Just an idea.

Current Employee - Customer Success Manager

I have been working at Illuminate Education full-time for more than 5 years


Illuminate is a great place to work. We are growing and serving our schools with new offerings to ensure success for all.


Growth requires change. It's a business and you must be able to adapt to a changing culture to succeed.

Advice to Management

Communicate, communicate, communicate!

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